Conducting research interviews with elderly people by telephone

J Adv Nurs. 1993 Jul;18(7):1077-84. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1993.18071077.x.


Telephone interviews were employed by nurse researchers as a means of collecting data from elderly people following their discharge from hospital. The paper reviews the literature concerning interviews with elderly patients by telephone and recounts first-hand experience of the method on the basis of over 500 telephone interviews. Although some difficulties were encountered in conducting interviews with the hearing-impaired and the unwell, the method was found to be a cost-effective and useful means of obtaining follow-up data for research purposes. The prime factor in ensuring successful use of the method was the recruitment of subjects via personal interview prior to telephone contact.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Data Collection / economics
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Data Collection / standards
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Geriatric Nursing*
  • Health Status
  • Hearing Disorders / psychology
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods*
  • Interviews as Topic / standards
  • Nursing Research / economics
  • Nursing Research / methods*
  • Nursing Research / standards
  • Patient Discharge
  • Telephone*